The International
School of Storytelling

Puppetry and Storytelling with Nature

Puppets are natural born storytellers. They can show us elements from a story, and help to bring that tale to life before our eyes.  Puppets can act as a visual doorway in to the storyteller’s world of words, and even comment on or question the tale as it slips from the teller’s lips. In working with puppets, we may be offered fresh perspectives on a story we know well, or they may be the springboard for the creation of something entirely new. Puppets can also be patient listeners…

This workshop is for anyone interested in puppet making and storytelling, wishing to take inspiration from the natural world.  

Together, we will discover what kind of puppet character is emerging, through playful exploration of a range of materials and techniques including textiles and mixed-media sculpture. 

Games and guided exercises will help us to enjoy connecting with our puppet creations and bringing them to life. We will be taking our story and puppet adventures outdoors and will be inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Emerson College, which we will explore through nature connection work, using our many senses. 

We will become aware of the relationship between the puppet, the storyteller and the story itself. You will have the option to bring and work with a traditional tale and to enrich your relationship with the story through the puppet and nature work, or you may choose to create a new story out of this work.

During our final afternoon session, we will hold a harvest celebration of work-in-progress, with each participant being invited to share a short piece developed during our time together.

You will come away with some basic puppetry skills, and a simple hand crafted puppet of your own with at least one moving part. You will be equipped with games and exercises to help you get to know your puppet, and will have experienced creating the seed for a puppet/storytelling performance, and sharing this in a supportive environment with fellow students. You will also have gathered a range of ideas and tools for enriching your storytelling through nature connection work, sensory experiences and spontaneous play. 

It is possible to book accommodation and meals at Emerson College during your course. Please do so directly with them by using their online booking system, at the following link Scroll down to find your course and you will be able to find all the options and prices and make a booking. The costs are NOT INCLUDED in our tuition fee.

If you prefer accommodation in the village of Forest Row, (20-25 minute walk), please email  for a list of available accommodation.